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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Baltimore Oriole Bird

Baltimore OrioleThe serene beauty of the alluvial shores of Mississippi is beyond words. One feels enchanted by the varied vegetation on its shores. But nothing like the feel of sweet melody sounding in one's ears. This aesthetic chant is of the Baltimore oriole Bird. These birds are 7 - 8 1/2 inches long. The male Baltimore oriole bird is black with orange under parts, rump, shoulders, and sides of tail. The wings have 2 white wing bars. The females are olive above, yellowish below with 2 white wing bars.

The Baltimore oriole bird arrives from the south, perhaps from Mexico, or perhaps from a more distant region, and enters Louisiana as soon as spring commences. It then searches amongst the surrounding trees for a suitable place in which to settle for the season. It prefers the trees that grow on the sides of a gentle slope. The male bird is more active as compared to his female counterpart. They weave their nest after finding a suitable place on the tree. This nest contains no warming substance, such as wool, cotton, or cloth, but is almost entirely composed of the Spanish moss, interwoven in such a manner that the air can easily pass through it. The female lays from four to six eggs at a time and the incubation period is around 14 days.

The movements of these birds are elegant and stable. Their song consists of three or four, loud, full, and mellow notes, extremely soothing to the ear. The main reason behind this is the pitch and frequency of their notes which are immensely pacifying to the human hearing system. Before the young Baltimore oriole bird is quite able to leave the nest, they often cling to the outside of the nest, and creep in and out of it. When they leave their home, they follow the parents for nearly a fortnight, and are fed by them. The Baltimore oriole bird is one of the many endangered species. Despite the special status given to it, the number of Baltimore Orioles has been declining. This loss is attributed to destruction of breeding habitat and tropical winter habitat. We should take serious measure to prevent extinction of this wonderful gift given by Mother Nature.

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